Michigan State men’s golf completed action at the Big Ten Championship at the Baltimore Country Club Saturday. The Spartans finished with a 52-over 892 (297-295-300). MSU ended tied with Rutgers (298-291-303).
He moved from a playmaking point guard in the summer league to stationary spot-up shooter. After missing all of training camp to a serious ankle injury, he moved from out of the rotation to in — then out again. This wasn’t the rookie season Denzel Valentine envisioned after the Bulls used a lottery pick to draft him. “Yeah, it definitely was confusing,” Valentine said. Some clarity emerged during his individual exit meeting. Valentine said management told him he will play a big role next season.
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Trevion Williams and his family moved from Chicago to Detroit in 2015. He wasn’t some big-name, high-profile recruit, ready to take the city by storm. He quietly enrolled at Detroit Henry Ford Academy. There was little fanfare. This past week, following two seasons of high school basketball in Detroit, Williams’ status in his new state was made perfectly clear. Things have changed.
If you want to know what sort of football team Michigan State will have before the season begins, ask strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie. He’s seen the best and worst of MSU football, the entirety of the Nick Saban, Bobby Williams, John L. Smith and Mark Dantonio eras.
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Michigan State exploded for 18 hits and took the season series from Rutgers with a 14-2 victory over the Scarlet Knights on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans, (27-20, 9-11 B1G), who lost on a walkoff on Saturday after winning in extra innings on Friday, got the bats going early.
Darien Tipps-Clemons relaxes inside the training room at Piqua High School’s Alexander Stadium, leaning against the table on which he has lain in pain several times before. “We’ve spent a lot of time together,” Katie Smith, Piqua’s athletic trainer for 16 years, says to him. For better or worse. The two have grown close during his four years in high school, and he’s happy for that. But injuries have been the cause.
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Montae Nicholson does not believe the shoulder surgery he had in March will affect his ability to get on the field for training camp for the Washington Redskins. “They said I’m ahead of schedule and said it’s looking good,” the former Michigan State safety told reporters in the nation’s capital. “I’m just excited to just keep doing rehab, get down there and start getting to work.”
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@Vikings thank you for the opportunity! Can’t wait to get to work!
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When you put everything in Gods hands he will never let you down! Excited for my opportunity with the Bengals! Lets get to work! #WhoDey
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Excited to say I have the opportunity to work for a spot on the team with the Arizona Cardinals at their mini camp coming up!
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Michigan State struggled to find “the guy” at quarterback last season, making it difficult for the Spartans’ offense to ever develop cohesion. Mark Dantonio made it clear earlier this month that Brian Lewerke will be his starter this fall. And the sophomore knows it’s his chance to show he deserves the job.
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Michigan State had just two players picked in the 2017 NFL Draft: Defensive lineman Malik McDowell in the second round and safety Montae Nicholson in the fourth round. But several more former Spartans will find their way to training camps later this year, as undrafted free agents.
Put aside all of the off-season strife and turmoil within Michigan State’s football program for a minute. The Spartans tried to do just that for an entire spring. In doing so, one of their most pressing concerns was to hold each other accountable for what transpired last fall while attempting to bond together during the process.
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It’s hard to imagine the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft not knowing he’d be selected that day, or that the draft was even happening at that moment. Or that the team that chose him would lean on a sportswriter to call him to let him know, and then not touch base for another few days.Welcome to 1967.
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Michigan State baseball used a six-run fifth inning to boost the Spartans to a 13-5 win over the Wildcats of Northwestern Saturday afternoon at a cold and rainy Miller Park, playing the last few innings under cold, windy and rainy conditions. Saturday’s game was the series finale after playing a doubleheader Friday, adjusting the weekend schedule due to inclement weather in the Chicago area for Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
Michigan State men’s golf stands tied for 13th after two rounds of the Big Ten Championship at the Baltimore Country Club Saturday. The Spartans finished Saturdays action 32-over 592 (297-295). MSU is currently tied with Nebraska (300-292).
The Michigan State track & field team rounded out the three-day annual Hillsdale Gina Relays with top finishes on Saturday, April 29. “We were a little bit more locked in to our responsibilities today,” said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth. “We had some good performances even though the weather conditions weren’t great. We’ve talked a lot about behaving like a team that wants to be good and doing all the little things necessary to be successful and I thought we did a bit more of that today.”
Michigan State fell to Rutgers on Saturday, 6-5, as the Scarlet Knights held off a late Spartan rally and scored on a walkoff RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Montae Nicholson made an unexpected decision to leave Michigan State a year early for the NFL, but the move ended up landing him as one of the first picks on the third day of the draft. Nicholson was picked in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon, going No. 123 overall to the Washington Redskins. He becomes highest-picked former Michigan State safety in the NFL Draft since 2006, when Eric Smith went in the third round.
Montae Nicholson was four-star safety recruit coming out of high school where he was the number one ranked high school player in the state of Pennsylvania according to Prepstar, who also listed him as a top 100 national recruit. He was also a 3x state champion in track and field (60 meters, 110 hurdles and 400 relay), as well as a 4th place finisher in the long jump.
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Michigan State men’s golf stands 12th after one round of the Big Ten Championship at the Baltimore Country Club Friday. In the first round, the Spartans finished with 17-over 297.
The process started with meetings. There’ve been plenty of them this offseason in the Skandalaris Football Center at Michigan State, some between players only and some between players and coaches They’ve gotten contentious at times, as players aired different points of view about what went wrong in a disastrous 3-9 season in 2016. But team members said they were a healthy and needed step to chart the path forward going into the 2017 season.